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Before taking on a building project as an owner-builder you should be aware that owner-builders take on many of the responsibilities of a registered builder. These responsibilities include:
The statutory responsibilities of an owner-builder cannot be delegated, no matter who is employed or contracted to carry out the work.
If you decide to sell your owner-built home within seven years of your building permit being issued, you must provide the purchaser with home indemnity insurance. You may be responsible for rectifying any faults identified by the purchaser after sale.
Owner-builders are responsible for the supervision of the building work. Owner-builders may choose to undertake all or part of the building work themselves except where licensed tradespersons such as electricians and plumbers are required by law, or engage a registered builder to oversee part or all of the building work.
Please note that contracting out any of the work does not lessen an owner-builder’s responsibility.
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Check to see if you have the necessary skills and knowledge to be an owner-builder by asking yourself the following questions:
Unless you are confident that you can comply with the requirements associated with being an owner-builder and the requirements placed on the building permit issued by the local government, you should seriously reconsider whether you should become an owner-builder.
While you are constructing your home or commercial building, you must affix or erect a sign on site that clearly shows:
The sign must be of a reasonable size and must be able to be read by members of the public from outside of the site. Failure to comply with signage requirements may result in prosecution proceedings being commenced or an infringement notice being issued.
The Home Building Contracts Act 1991 (HBC Act) applies to any person undertaking home building or associated work for a home owner, including owner-builders.
The HBC Act establishes certain contractual requirements in relation to carrying out ‘home building work’ and applies to contracts valued between $7,500 and $500,000.
As an owner-builder, you may be entering into ‘home building contracts’ with contractors. It is important to be aware of the requirements of this legislation.
Please note the National Construction Code (NCC) is now available free of charge to people who register with the Australian Building Codes Board.
The NCC sets the minimum requirements and standards for the design, construction and performance of buildings throughout Australia.